Friday, June 26, 2015

Five On Friday

Happy Friday, all!  Today I’m linking up with the lovely Liz at A. Liz Adventures for Five On Friday and Erika at A Little Bit of Everything Blog for Friday Favorites. 

O N E 

Y’all may have seen me post about my ferns on Instagram already, but they are doing so well that I felt the need to brag a little here on the blog.  First of all, I have never had a green thumb.  I always kill inside house plants, I always kill outdoor plants, and Brian and I have had a time keeping our landscaping alive since moving in our new house.  We’ve already had to replace two trees that died in our front yard, and all of the shrubs that we decided to plant for my Mother’s Day gift a couple of years ago died within a couple of months.  And to answer the question that I know you’re thinking – yes, we do water them.   

Anyhoo, every summer I always buy a couple of ferns for our front porch, and by July they are always half dead.  At first, I assumed it was because it’s just too dadgum hot here in the south to keep them alive, but then our neighbors down the street grew some a couple of summers ago that were humongous at the end of August.   

Turns out that I wasn’t watering them enough.  I used to water them every day, but I was conservative with the amount because I had read that you can overwater ferns.  Turns out that in the south, that’s simply not true.  I’ve been practically flooding these beauties with water every single evening, and they are growing like gangbusters!!  I’ve had them since April, and they’ve more than doubled in size!  Just look at this one… isn't it gorgeous?

 T W O

Y’all!!  This dress from Old Navy!  Love, love, love.  I had one last gift card from my birthday, so I headed to my local store to check out their sale this week, and I fell so in love with this dress that I bought it in both colors!  They don’t appear to be on sale online right now, but they were 40% off at my store… hence my splurge on two!  #BuyAllTheColors 

They’re flowy, comfy, and so sweet and feminine, and they're so versatile.  I’ll be living in these for the rest of the summer.  And hello perfect 4th of July outfit! 

T H R E E 

Speaking of Old Navy, I have been seeing soooo many fashion bloggers wearing this romper and they all look so fabulous in it!  It’s actually what I was in search of when I went to my local store the other day, but they were out of stock.  I just can’t bring myself to buy it online without trying it on first because A) I’m fairly certain that I won’t be able to pull off the romper look, and B) I’m still not sure how I feel about rompers for adults anyway.  Thoughts, anyone?  

F O U R 

To all of my fine, thin, straight-haired girls out there – what’s a good volumizing shampoo?  This 500% humidity that we’ve had going on here the last couple of weeks is just terrible… my hair pretty much always starts looking flat and lifeless the second I step out of the house shower, so I’ve decided that it’s high time for a change.   

I’ve always loved Pantene Sheer Volume Shampoo, and I’ve been using it for, like, half of my life, but ever since I had babies, it doesn’t seem to be adding any volume to my hair.  As a matter of fact, it appears to be doing the opposite.  Apparently my body chemistry has changed and I need something – anything – different for my hair.  On a whim, I picked up some Loreal Volume Filler Thickening Shampoo today, because it advertises that your hair will feel and look like two times more hair.  All I have to say is, bravo for making me fall for your marketing ploys, and we will see, Loreal, we will see.  If anyone’s hair can prove you wrong, it will be mine.  #Skeptical 

But seriously, if anyone has any recommendations, I beg of you – from one flat-haired girl to another – please, please do share.   

F I V E 

The addition is coming along great… the roof was put on last weekend, the electrician came to do the wiring this week, the door was cut into Brian’s office wall to make the indoor closet, and the brick was delivered today.  All that’s left is sheetrock, paint, light fixture installation, carpet installation for the indoor closet, and installation of the brick.  

I am so ready for it to be done!!  Our house looks like a disaster area because Brian had to remove half of the stuff from his office so they could cut the closet door into the wall, and the only place to put everything was in the middle of our dining room and sitting room.  Good thing we don’t use those rooms very much. 

We had one worrisome moment this week when we received a letter from our HOA stating that we had to obtain consent from the architectural committee before adding on to our house.  WHAAAAT.  Since the builder had to obtain a permit from the city and had no problem getting it approved, it never even occurred to me to check with our HOA before adding on, so I spent a couple of days worrying my head off while waiting for the approval.  Luckily, they said that it is no problem as long as the addition matches the rest of the house.  Duh.  Check!  And whew…  

Now to decide on outdoor furniture… 

This time next week I’ll be relaxing at home with my sweet lil’ fam during a 3-day weekend!  Yes!!!!  But first, to enjoy our regular two-day weekend… HAPPY FRIDAY, Y’ALL!


  1. Okay your ferns are putting mine to shame. I need to bring on the water apparently! They are beautiful.

    1. Thank you! Yep, water water water, and just when you think you should stop, water them some more! Apparently you can't water them enough!

  2. Your ferns look great!! I'm seeing lots of people in rompers. I think they look great...but I'll look like and oversized two year old!

    1. Thank you! And hahahaha, yes, that's exactly what I'm afraid of as well. Since my Old Navy was out of stock, I'm just going to let it go... maybe I'll try again next summer if they're still a thing...

  3. Your ferns look beautiful! I recently purchased five ferns to go across the back of my house and I love the look. I don't know much about ferns. How long can they usually live? We have harsh winters up here in the Mitten, I wish I could keep them through the winter.

    1. Ya know, one of my co-workers told me that her mom has had a fern for almost 15 years! Is that not crazy?! She said that she keeps it in the house, though. Another one of my co-workers said that he and his wife usually keep their ferns outside during the summer and water them every day. Then when it turns cold, they keep them in their garage or utility shed and only water them every few days. Then they put them back outside once it turns warm again. He said that using that method, their ferns usually last 2-3 years and then they have to get new ones. So far for the last three years, I've had to throw mine out after one summer because mine are always brown. Now that these beauties are doing so well, I might try to keep ours in the garage through the winter!


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